Red-breasted Parakeet feeding on rambutan

on 3rd January 2019

“Last night at about 7.15pm I heard some parakeets in the Rambutan Tree (Nephalium lappaceum) outside my flat window. It was dark already and I tried to take some shots but the photos were dark.

“Today 27th December at about 1.15pm I was looking out of my window and saw a couple of the Red-breasted parakeets (Psittacula alexandri) feeding on the rambutans (above, below).

“Most of the fruits have been taken (below), the parakeets using their beaks to break away the top half of the fruit, then pulling out the whole fruit and then feed on it. I managed to get in some shots before the birds flew away. This rambutan tree has been around for a number of years, bearing some fruits and it was the first time I saw the parakeets feeding on the rambutans.

“I hope to photograph parakeets feeding on the Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) seeds but that will take a whole lot of luck!”

Francis Lim
27th December 2018

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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